VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 28 November 2013: Zionism’s Last Card and Hope for Palestine

28 November 2013 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

PNGO and Human Rights Organizations Call for Immediate End to Civilian Suffering Due to Electricity
IMEMC – This is a Press Released issued by The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) regarding the impacts of Israel’s illegal siege on the impoverished population in the Gaza Strip. …

Three, Including Two Children, Kidnapped In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Child Kidnapped Near Nablus [Wednesday Evening, November 27, 2013] Israeli soldiers and police officers kidnap three Palestinians, including two children, in occupied Jerusalem. Soldiers attack protesters near the city. …

Palestinian Home Demolished Near Salfit
IMEMC – [November 28, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invade Deir Ballout, demolish unfinished home. …

Dozens Injured By Army Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – [Wednesday, November 27, 2013] Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that (at least) dozens of Palestinians have been injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers. Some of the wounded have been shot by rounds of live ammunition. …

Ma’an News

Israeli bulldozers level Palestinian lands near Qalqiliya
11/28/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers Thursday razed Palestinian lands in villages south of the West Bank city of Qalqilya, witnesses told Ma’an. Locals said that several Israeli military vehicles escorted the bulldozers to the villages of Ras Atiya, Ras al-Tira, and Izbat Jalud, where the bulldozers leveled Palestinian private property. Less than a month ago, locals added, Israeli forces notified locals that….

Israel issues stop-work warrants to 10 Palestinians in Jenin
11/28/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday issued stop-work orders to 10 Palestinians in a village in the Jenin district, a local official said. Village council member Tawfiq Qabha told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers entered the village of Barta’a al-Sharqiya, and handed out official paperwork that said to stop building houses and agricultural buildings, claiming that construction was illegal. The….

Yatta killings ‘extra-judicial execution’
11/28/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Thursday condemned the killing of three Palestinians in Yatta as an “extra-judicial execution,” calling on the international community to take action.” On Tuesday evening. . . Israeli forces killed in two separate attacks of an extra-judicial execution and excessive use of lethal forces three Palestinian civilians in the vicinity of Yatta, south of Hebron,” the group….

Israeli rightists enter Al-Aqsa under armed guard
11/28/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Several large Israeli groups entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound early Thursday escorted by Israeli police. Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Islamic endowment and mosque affairs, said that over 152 right-wing Israelis entered the mosque compound via the Moroccan Gate, before touring the area and leaving. A group of 30 right-wing Israelis performed religious rituals near the Golden Gate under armed….

Electricity returns in Rafah after 3-day power outage
11/28/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — After three days without electricity, power returned to the city of Rafah Thursday, a Palestinian official said. Jamal al-Dardasawi, director of public relations of Gaza’s electric company, told Ma’an that an Egyptian electric company repaired power lines Thursday, causing power to come back on around 5:00 p. m. in the Gaza Strip’s border….

Witnesses: Israeli navy detains 2 Gaza fishermen
11/28/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces detained two fishermen off the Gaza Strip’s southern coast on Thursday, witnesses said. Israel’s navy fired warning shots at Mahmoud and Ahmad Hassouna before detaining them off the coast of Rafah, locals said. The two fishermen were taken to an unknown destination and their fishing boat was confiscated. The zone had been extended….

Israel forces injure 5 Palestinians in clashes near Aida camp
11/28/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers late Thursday north of Bethlehem, leaving five Palestinians injured, a local official and an army spokeswoman said. Muhammad Awad, a Bethlehem official in charge of ambulances, told Ma’an that clashes broke out near the entrance of Aida refugee camp. Ambulances took three injured Palestinians to a hospital in Beit Jala, Awad….

Palestinian man succumbs to Israeli-inflicted bullet wounds
11/28/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A man who was injured by Israeli forces several months ago succumbed to his wounds Thursday, a Ma’an reporter said. Mahmoud Wajeeh Awwad, 28, died Thursday in an Israeli hospital from months-old bullet wounds inflicted by Israeli forces. Israeli soldiers shot Awwad in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet eight months ago during clashes at the entrance of….

Israeli forces detain teen at Nablus checkpoint
11/28/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teenager at Huwwara checkpoint in Nablus late Wednesday, locals said. Locals said that Momen Mazen Hunaidi, 15, from Askar refugee camp was arrested by Israeli soldiers. The military checkpoint was closed for over half an hour while soldiers inspected Palestinian vehicles. [END]

The plot thickens: Gaza flooded with sewage, conspiracies
11/28/2013 – Ramzy Baroud is the editor of Palestine Chronicle. The latest punishment of Gaza may seem like another familiar plot to humiliate the strip to the satisfaction of Israel, Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority, and the military-controlled Egyptian government. But something far more sinister is brewing. This time, the collective punishment of Gaza arrives in the form of raw sewage that is flooding many neighborhoods across….

Interview: Latin America’s dynamic Palestinian communities
11/28/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian diaspora in Latin America represents an undocumented story of success, with Latin Americans of Palestinian descent holding positions of power and influence in the political and business classes of their respective countries. Ma’an interviewed Cecilia Baeza, Doctor of Political Science at Sciences Po Paris and co-founder of RIMAAL, to discuss the history of Palestinian emigration to Latin….

Israel’s Peres: Mideast peace ‘urgent’ but possible
11/28/2013 – MEXICO CITY (AFP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday that peace with the Palestinians was urgent and possible amid faltering negotiations between the two sides. Peres, speaking during a visit to Mexico City, said he welcomed the new round of talks, revived in July with the aim of reaching an agreement within nine months.” We weren’t born to be enemies, we weren’….

Rafah crossing remains open for second day in row
11/28/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday allowed the Rafah crossing to stay open for the second day in a row, officials said. Crossing officials on the Palestinian side said that 553 people have left Gaza for Egypt through Rafah since Wednesday. Egyptian authorities rejected entry to 30 people, without clarifying motives for doing so, the officials added. Rafah has frequently been shut….

Israeli new VP for regional science project that includes Iran
11/28/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – A Jordan-based scientific research project whose members include Iran and the Palestinian Authority has chosen an Israeli as vice president, the candidate’s university confirmed. Scientists from states participating in the project elected Eliezer Rabinovici, a physics professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, as vice-president of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), the university told….

UN atomic agency warns it will ‘take time’ to verify Iran deal
11/28/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — Working out how to verify Iran’s compliance with its landmark new nuclear deal with world powers will “take some time,” the head of the UN atomic agency cautioned on Thursday.” We are now looking at the way in which the elements of the agreement relevant to the Agency could be put into practice,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yuyika Amano said….

Editorial: Salafist Jihadi groups in the West Bank?
11/28/2013 – By Nasser Lahham – Immediately after Israeli forces murdered Mahmoud al-Najjar, Mousa Makhamra and Muhammad Nayroukh in Yatta on Tuesday, Israel started a large media campaign claiming the three men were planning to found an al-Qaeda-affiliated group in the West Bank. The campaign was very fast, very large and prepared in advance. Media outlets in the Arab world and in Palestine bought the Israeli argument to….

Man dies in motorcycle accident, two others injured
11/28/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A young man was killed and two others were critically injured late Thursday in a motorcycle accident near Jenin, witnesses said. Twenty-year-old Mo’awiya Fawaz Amarneh died and his brother and cousin were left in critical condition after the motorcycle they were riding collided with another vehicle in the town of Ya’abad, locals said. [END]

TV: Army retakes Deir Attiyeh near Syrian capital
11/28/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s army recaptured Deir Attiyeh on Thursday, state television said, less than a week after rebels seized the strategic town located between Damascus and the central city of Homs.”Our heroic army has taken total control of the town of Deir Attiyeh in Damascus province after it crushed the terrorists’ last enclaves there,” said the broadcaster, citing a military source. [END]

Syrian army takes town, and upper hand
11/28/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The Syrian army recaptured the strategic town of Deir Attiyeh Thursday, less than a week after losing it, taking the advantage in its bid to crush rebels just north of Damascus. The takeover of Deir Attiyeh, on the Damascus-Homs highway, comes two weeks into an army offensive in the Qalamoun region, important to the regime for its proximity to the capital and the….

15 killed as Iraq struggles to stem unrest
11/28/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Attacks in Iraq on Thursday killed 15 people as a senior police officer escaped assassination, the latest in a surge of violence nationwide that authorities have failed to stem. The bloodshed, in which more than 6,000 people have been killed this year, is the worst violence in Iraq since 2008, comes just months before a general election, and has forced Baghdad to appeal….

Turkey’s envoy to Cairo returns home amid spat
11/28/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Turkey’s ambassador to Cairo has returned home after being expelled in a diplomatic spat over Ankara’s support for Egypt’s ousted Islamist president, the foreign ministry said Thursday. The row erupted at the weekend after Turkish Prime Minister Prime Recep Tayyip Erdogan again criticized the military “coup” in Egypt that ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July. Egypt kicked….

Nephew of Lebanon Hezbollah minister ‘killed in Syria’
11/28/2013 – BAALBEK (Lebanon) (AFP) — A nephew of Lebanon’s agriculture minister has been killed along with three other Hezbollah fighters in Syria’s Qalamoun region, a source close to the Shiite movement said on Thursday.” Ali Rida Fuad Hajj Hassan, aged 22, was killed along with three other Hezbollah fighters in Qalamoun” north of Damascus on Wednesday, the source told AFP.” He was the….

Exxon sells Iraq oil stake to PetroChina
11/28/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — American energy giant Exxon Mobil on Thursday sold part of its controversial stake in a massive Iraqi oilfield to PetroChina and Indonesia’s Pertamina amid a long-running row with Baghdad. The sale of the stake in the West Qurna-1 field in south Iraq, one of the country’s largest, marks a key step towards resolving the dispute with the central….

Libyan soldier killed as army again under fire
11/28/2013 – BENGHAZI (Libya) (AFP) — Gunmen on Thursday opened fire on a vehicle in Libya’s second city Benghazi killing a soldier, witnesses said, in the latest attack on the army in the country’s volatile east. The killing comes on the final day of a three-day Benghazi strike in protest over militias after a shootout on Monday between an extremist group and the army….

Egypt policemen ‘acquitted on torture charges’
11/28/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A Cairo court on Thursday acquitted three police officers on charges of torturing five Islamist militants who were in their custody during the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, judicial sources said. The officers were accused of giving electric shocks to the militants, depriving them of food and beating them during their interrogations. It is unclear whether the five militants are still in….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Sourani Leaves Gaza Heading to Sweden to Participate in the Alternative Nobel Prize Ceremony
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

An unrelenting assault on the village of Deir Istiya’s farmland
11/28/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Deir Istiya, Occupied Palestine – The village of Deir Istiya has encountered severe disruption to its agriculture and water supply since 1990 from the Israeli authorities and nearby illegal settlements. This has culminated in the Israeli army’s planned action to uproot nearly 2500 olive trees in the very near future. The army’s mandate to perform this action stems….

BDS workshop draws dozens of farmers and agricultural officials in Gaza
11/28/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Maria del Mar Fernandez and Mohammed Abedullah | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Monday, 25th November 2013, a conference on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid, colonization and occupation was held in Gaza City by the Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Abeer Abu Shawish of ACAD coordinated the event. About 43 people….

Demonstration against Israeli forces as invasions and arrests increase in Azzoun
11/28/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Azzoun, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday afternoon in Azzoun village, there was a demonstration attended by more than 250 people. This protest was against the Israeli forces’ continuing night invasions, arrests, and their treatment of Palestinian prisoners. The demonstration began in the center of Azzoun at noon, hundreds of people marched to the outskirts of the village, several speeches were given and….

Interview with Saeed Amireh: ‘The occupation affects our life in so many ways, economically and socially.’
11/28/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 28th November 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ni’lin – Saeed Amireh is a 22-year-old resident of Ni’lin, the son of a farmer, who has been active in the popular resistance since 2003. Can you tell us a bit of the history of Ni’lin? In the past, Ni’lin used to be part of the area which is within the….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Lebanon Inter-agency achievements and sectoral dashboards – October 2013
Relief Web 28 Nov 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic

occupied Palestinian territory: UN begins distributing fuel to combat Gaza crisis
Relief Web 28 Nov 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/28/2013 16:54 GMT GAZA CITY, November 28, 2013 (AFP) – The United Nations on Thursday began distributing fuel in Gaza to keep critical infrastructure running as fears of a health crisis grow over…

occupied Palestinian territory: ‘The Long Journey’: Digitizing the Palestine Refugee Experience
Relief Web 28 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory East Jerusalem The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is proud to unveil the first part of its newly digitized archive, which…

World: Rapport du Secrétaire général sur la protection des civils en période de conflit armé (S/2013/689)
Relief Web 27 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Security Council Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen, South Sudan (Republic of) I. Introduction Faisant suite…

The National

3rd episode of Beyond Borders teaches Emiratis how to make shoes
The National 28 Nov 2013 – The activities were part of a life-changing journey to the archipelago filmed for the six-part documentary series Beyond Borders.

Qatar reports three camels infected with Mers
The National 28 Nov 2013 – The camels, found in the same shed, had been in contact with two humans who fully recovered from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

Quake near Iran nuclear plant kills seven
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Seven people die and 30 are injured after 5.7-magnitude quake hits near Iran’s sole nuclear power plant at Bushehr.

Clashes break out in Cairo over verdict against young female protesters
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Student dies as Egyptian security forces use tear gas and water cannons to disperse supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president as they protest over a court verdict against young women.

Iran’s Arab neighbours want pledge nuclear deal is not against them
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Arabian Gulf nations want assurances that Tehran’s deal with world powers will enhance regional security, Bahrain’s interior minister says.

Deadly crane collapse sheds light on Brazil’s 2014 World Cup troubles
The National 28 Nov 2013 – With one thunderous crash, Brazil’s troubled preparations for the World Cup are thrown in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, just as football gears up for the high-profile setting of the schedule for next year’s big event.

Arabic ‘crucial to the UK’s future’
The National 28 Nov 2013 – The language has become more important to the UK’s ‘future prosperity, security and influence’ than any language except Spanish, according to a new report from a British cultural and educational body. Colin Randall reports

Japanese and South Korean B-52s fly through disputed airspace, defying China
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Military aircraft fly over Senkaku islands without informing China, challenging a new Chinese air defence zone that has increased regional tensions and sparked concerns of an unintended clash.

Syrian troops capture town near Lebanese border
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Troops seize control of Deir Attiyeh after days of heavy fighting that killed dozens including nine doctors and nurses and the nephew of a Hizbollah cabinet minister.

Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan reconstruction ‘could take a decade’
The National 28 Nov 2013 – The task of reconstruction will likely take longer and cost more than the rebuilding of Indonesia’s Aceh province after the 2004 tsunami, experts say.

Earthquake strikes Iran’s Bushehr region
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Magnitude 5.6 quake strikes about 60km northeast of Bushehr, where Iran has a nuclear power plant.

Iran invites UN nuclear agency to inspect Arak plant
The National 28 Nov 2013 – After refusing inspections for two years, Iran invites the International Atomic Energy Agency to a facility linked to an unfinished reactor that could produce enough plutonium for up to two warheads a year.

Indian magazine chief quits over handling of sex case
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Managing editor of Indian investigative magazine quits after coming under fire over her handling of allegations that the publication’s founder sexually assaulted a reporter.

Tunisia needs a Return of the Jedi to save its film industry
The National 28 Nov 2013 – From The English Patient to Raiders of the Lost Ark, the list of foreign films shot in Tunisia reads like a short guide to 20th century cinema history – until the Arab Spring.

Obama calls Saudi’s King Abdullah to discuss Iran nuclear deal
The National 28 Nov 2013 – US president calls king to discuss West’s new accord with Iran following strained ties over US policies on Syria and Iran.

Japanese man, 60, switched at birth wins lawsuit against hospital
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Hospital switched man with another baby boy who was delivered 13 minutes later in 1953, casting him into a life of poverty.

In pictures: Brazil World Cup 2014 stadium crane collapse
The National 28 Nov 2013 – With one thunderous crash, Brazil’s troubled preparations for the World Cup are thrown in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, just as soccer gears up for the high-profile setting of the schedule for next year’s big event.

Video: Thai PM survives no-confidence vote 
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survives a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, as anti-government protesters plan to march to the national police headquarters in a bid to topple her government.

Video: A tinder box in Iraq 
The National 28 Nov 2013 – Four suicide bombers target police station in Ramadi, killing four policemen, on a day when at least 20 died in violence across Iraq.

Video: Accident at Brazil World Cup stadium kills at least two 
The National 28 Nov 2013 – At least two are killed after crane collapses at construction site of Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium, but operational manager says structure still sound.

Ha’aretz

State Prosecutor’s Office split over whether or not to appeal FM Lieberman’s acquittal
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Israel to get first (natural) gas filling station next year
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Bibi, don’t jump (yet)
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

It is not for rabbinical courts to decide whether a baby should be circumcised
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

South Tel Aviv security much improved, say long-time residents
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Ultra-Orthodox shunning higher education more than ever
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Rising violence in West Bank creeping toward the country’s capital
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim eyes investments in Israel
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Poll sparks fear of rising HIV rate among gay Israelis
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Germany helps fund restoration of historic Brazilian synagogue
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

UN nuclear watchdog says may need more time, money to implement Iran deal
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Egypt’s new constitution strengthens army’s ‘state within a state’ status
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Report: Pope Francis to visit Israel in May
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Poll: 50% of Palestinians consider peace talks with Israel a mistake
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Infant wounded by rock throwers in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Israeli Arabs sentenced to two years for 2005 lynching of spree killer soldier
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Father of Israeli singer Eyal Golan released to house arrest
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Misty the dead diplodocus sells for $650,000
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Education Ministry to shorten summer vacation, subsidize day camp
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Catherine Ashton will save us
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Arik Einstein, the singer of a lost Israel
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Israel seeks to deport illegal Romanian resident, former IDF reservist
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Arik Einstein, Israel’s cultural hero
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Respect Arik Einstein’s modesty
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Israel enlists drug companies to combat AIDS in migrant workers
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Israeli legislator submits bill first proposed on Facebook
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Sniffing out the sources of odor hazards
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Historically unprecedented number of European Muslim fighters in Syria
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – New data uncovered about the level of fighters from overlooked European countries such as Austria, Denmark, Belgium and Norway. 

Ahead of Geneva 2 peace talks, violence spikes between Assad regime, opposition
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – After reports of over 250 Hezbollah deaths in Damascus, and Scud missiles killing 35 people and wounding dozens in Raqqa, Syrian rebel leader urges Iran to withdraw forces and participate in upcoming discussions. 

Turkish MP supports ‘peace pipeline’
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Pipeline could be way to solve Cyprus problem, which would facilitate Turkish EU membership, MP says. 

University bans Arab students from waving Palestinian flag during protests
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Arab legal rights group lawyer: Haifa U. is denying students freedom of speech, flag didn’t lead to violence in past. 

Domrani’s lawyer: Prosecution has no case
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Attorney says prosecution is trying to connect wire-tapped conversations, events but have little direct evidence to prove allegations. 

Lone Soldiers celebrate ‘Thanksgivukkah’ together in capital
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – “Their families are gathering in the States and these soldiers are alone in an army base, which makes this gathering important,” says MK Lipman. 

Quebec court orders extremist haredi sect to place 14 children in foster care
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – 200 members of Lev Tahor left Quebec for fear Canadian welfare authorities would take their children. 

You know it’s a bad deal when…
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Obama is betting on appeasement of the Ayatollahs to generate Persian perestroika. 

The POSTman Knocks Twice: The 19-gun salute
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – I never had occasion to ask Eshkol how he felt when Hatikva sounded and the cannons saluted. 

The truth about African migrants
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Anyone considering coming to Israel to improve his or her economic situation will need to think again. 

Vatican advance team to arrive to plan Pope’s visit
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – PM to meet Pope in Rome, calls nuclear Iran “world’s greatest darkness”; adds if diplomacy doesn’t expel it, Israel will act as “Light unto the nations.” 

Parashat Miketz: Faith and humility
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – This utterance of Joseph’s expresses great pride in Jewish faith, standing tall without taking personal ramifications into consideration. 

Put your foot down!
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – I am originally from Montreal, where courtesy and pride of place are a way of life. 

CBS: 132% increase in West Bank settler housing starts
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Growth spurt restores number of settler housing starts to similar level to that which existed prior to ten month moratorium. 

To get the Palestinians to $10,000, let them trade
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – The share of Palestinian exports in their economy has steadily declined over the past 20 years. 

November 29, 2013
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – A statement for the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams. 

Israel cuts school summer vacation, gets US group funding for kids’ program
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – The International Fellowship for Christians and Jews will contribute $30 million to program, close to 1/4 of budget. 

In possible sign of improved relations, Iran, Gulf states make tentative diplomatic moves
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed on rare visit to Iran calls for partnership with Iran, 

Toddler injured from rock thrown at car in Jerusalem, police suspect nationalist motives
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Two-year-old evacuated to hospital in moderate-serious condition; police searching area for perpetrators. 

Herzog criticizes Netanyahu for sparring with the White House on Iran
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – New Labor leader says will meet soon with Abbas in Ramallah; urges PM not to delay agreement with the Palestinians. 

Iran invites UN inspectors to Arak heavy-water reactor
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – IAEA director-general Amano says agency might need more funding for verification work. 

In Israel, an Arab village builds mosque with Chechen help
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Mosque tells of small Israeli Arab community’s historical ties to the restive Russian province. 

Report: Obama asks Netanyahu to ‘take a breather’ from vocal criticism of Geneva deal
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Gulf states ask P5+1 for assurances the Geneva deal “would not be at the expense of the security” of Arab states. 

Turkey to fund fuel purchase for stricken Gaza utilities
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – UNRWA representative says Turkey has pledged $850,000 that would allow emergency services to operate. 

In the spirit of Hanukka: Shas calls Yesh Atid a Hellenist party
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Shas MK Nisim Ze’ev says much like the Maccabees he must defend Torah from those who harm it. 

Israeli physicist named as VP of Jordanian science institute that counts Iran as member
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – New VP, Eliezer Rabinovici from Hebrew U., says program allows states in region to advance common interests. 

Israel’s unemployment rate tumbles to 5.9%
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Exports rose by an annualized 2.7% from August to October, following 9.8% drop in previous quarter. 

Sticking to your guns, literally, pays off
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – The lesson to be learned from Iran is: it is possible to overturn int’l law if you are the forceful partner and loudly repeat your case. 

Weekly Schmooze: Thanksgivukka is here!
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Parody videos galore for the Hanukka, Thanksgiving and both at the same time. 

Uruknet

Pakistani Political Party Escalates Resistance Against US Drone Strikes By Naming CIA Station Chief
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013- A political party in Pakistan has named the CIA station chief in the country and accused the chief and CIA director John Brennan of murder for their role in a recent drone strike in Hangu, where an…

Dr. Barghouthi Condemns Assassination Of Three Palestinians
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, condemned the assassination of three Palestinians by the Israeli army in Hebron, and called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank to end political…

Most Palestinians see fresh peace talks as error
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 — Most Palestinians believe the renewal of peace talks with Israel was a mistake and over two thirds think the negotiations will fail, according to a poll released Wednesday. Just over half the respondents – 50.5 percent…

Syria News – November 26, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – By the end of Tuesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 93 martyrs including 14 children, 5 women and 1 martyr under torture: 49 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 19 in Aleppo,…

Israel exercises torture against Palestinian female prisoners
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26,2013- The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies said in a report that the Israeli occupation has been exercising all forms of torture and violence against Palestinian female prisoners in its jail. The center s report was marking the International…

Taliban statement Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding the pre-determined decision of the farce Loya Jirga in Kabul 
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – Just as we had said previously, the farce Loya Jirga was convened in Kabul by the stooge Karzai regime in order to protect American interests. All its participants were government employees or active American stipendiary, decisions…

Libya: Displaced Camp Residents Need Immediate Protection
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – The Libyan government should urgently provide protection for the four major camps of displaced people from Tawergha in Tripoli after militias attacked one of them on November 15 and 16, 2013. The two militia attacks killed…

Penny Lane: Gitmo s other secret CIA facility
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – A few hundred yards from the administrative offices of the Guantanamo Bay prison, hidden behind a ridge covered in thick scrub and cactus, sits a closely held secret. A dirt road winds its way to a…

South Hebron Hills: no protection for children
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – On Sunday, November 24, the escort failed to accompany the children from the village of Tuba to their school in At Tuwani. The children arrived at the agreed meeting point at 7.55 am to wait for…

New analysis questions constraint on US drone strikes
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 -Six months after President Obama laid out US rules for using armed drones, a Bureau analysis shows that covert drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan have killed more people than in the six months before the speech….

Arabs & Israel feel shortchanged by Great Satan 
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – …Fahmi Howeidi, dean of these Arab public opinion-shapers, concludes his think piece today for Aljazeera TV news portal with a sentence saying: “The long and short of the new balance of power in the Arab world…

NSA strategy document envisions unrestrained global surveillance
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 -A top secret National Security Administration (NSA) strategy document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden envisions spying on “anyone, anytime, anywhere,” free from all legal restraints, and radical expansions in the NSA s activities in the period of…

Chelsea Manning on What She s Thankful for This Thanksgiving
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 -I m usually hesitant to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. After all, the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony systematically terrorized and slaughtered the very same Pequot tribe that assisted the first English refugees to arrive at Plymouth Rock….

West asks Israel to recognise Geneva deal
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – Haaretz said on Tuesday that several Western countries have asked Israel, publicly and in private, to stop criticising the Geneva deal over Iran s nuclear programme. According to the Israeli newspaper European diplomats said that they…

WikiLeaks Reacts to Anonymous US Officials Claiming Julian Assange Isn t Likely to Be Prosecuted
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 -WikiLeaks has put out a statement responding to the Washington Post s story from anonymous US government officials in the Justice Department, who claim Assange is not likely to be prosecuted. Essentially, the officials told Post reporter…

Militia bloodshed continues in Libya
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – Bloodshed and chaos in Libya continues two years after the fall of strongman Muammar Gaddafi with the government struggling to rein in the many militias with their own leaders and agendas.Deadly clashes erupted again on Monday…

Israeli forces threaten to demolish mosque south of Nablus
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 — Israeli forces handed out a notification to a mosque south of Nablus on Tuesday morning declaring their intention to demolish it within the next few hours, an official said. The notification ordered locals to evacuate the…

A Conservative Estimate of Total U.S. Direct Aid to Israel: More Than $130 Billion
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – The Washington Report s current estimate of cumulative total U.S. direct aid to Israel is $130.212 billion, updating the estimate in the November 2011 issue. It is an estimate because arriving at an exact amount is…

Video: Omar Khadr s US Lawyer, Sam Morison, Explains Why His Guantánamo War Crimes Conviction is a Disgrace
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – If you have the time to watch a 46-minute video about Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen and former child prisoner held at Guantánamo for 11 years, then I heartily recommend the recording of a recent talk…

30 Iraqis Killed in Attacks, while 11 Terrorists Are Executed 
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 -At least 30 Iraqis were killed and 37 more were wounded in today s attacks. Also, the Justice Ministry announced the executions of 11 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges. A suicide bomber attacked an army base in…

Solidarity saved me from the Nazis; that s why I fight Israeli apartheid
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 -We hear disturbing reports this year from southern Israel. The Israeli government proposes to relocate some 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their present homes to government-approved townships. This is called the Prawer Plan, and Israel s parliament approved…

The taboo on boycotting Israel has been broken
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – Something extraordinary happened on Saturday evening at the American Studies Association s annual meeting in Washington, DC. At a packed open meeting called by the ASA s National Executive Council to discuss a resolution to “endorse…

Event honoring Edward Said prompts Zionist smear campaign against San Francisco State students
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – An anti-Palestinian group is mounting an attack against students at San Francisco State University. Following an on-campus event honoring a mural of the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said, the group asserted that an artistic stencil glorified “…

PHOTOS: A state-sanctioned price tag on Palestinian olive trees 
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – Israeli civilians accompanied by the military damaged or destroyed some 60 Palestinian-owned olive trees Monday in the West Bank village of Tuqu . A headline on the Hebrew-language settler website Hakol Hayehudi stated: “The IDF does a…

Exclusive: Torturing Abu Zubaydah and the art of deception
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 -Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah had endured days of beatings, humiliation and being tied up in a stress position. But his Pakistani-intelligence interrogators were not giving up as they grilled the self-styled jihadi on his role…

3 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces near Hebron
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 — Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma an that the Palestinians were in a car near Hebron…

Iran disputes White House fact sheet on nuclear agreement 
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 26, 2013 – Marzieh Afkham, spokesperson for Iran s Foreign Ministry, has disputed what was published on the White House website outlining the specifics of the nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security…

Syria News – November 25, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 25, 2013 – By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 86 martyrs including 5 martyrs under torture, 4 children and 3 women: 39 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 17 in Aleppo,…

Daily Star

More than 40 killed in depot blast in Libya, more clashes in east
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 More than 40 people were killed on Thursday in an explosion at an army depot in southern Libya after locals had tried to steal ammunition and four soldiers died in other violence in the restive east,…

Egyptian police arrest leading activist
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 Security forces in Egypt have arrested a prominent political activist over allegedly inciting people to protest in defiance of a newly passed law requiring demonstrations receive prior approval from authorities.

Hezbollah deploys in Lebanon’s Hermel over fears of car bombs
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 Hezbollah along with the security forces deployed members in Hermel and erected checkpoints Thursday after explosive-rigged vehicles reportedly entered the Bekaa Valley region.

Quake near Iran nuclear plant kills 7
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran’s sole nuclear power plant killed seven people and injured 30 on Thursday, emergency response chief Hassan Qadami told state media.

Lebanon debriefs diplomats about Israeli ‘cyber war’
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 A government committee tasked with assessing Israel’s recent spying activities in Lebanon presented a review of the so-called cyber war to foreign diplomats and U.N. official Derek Plumbly, saying the Jewish state’s devices infiltrated UNIFIL and…

Weapon cache blast, attack kill 13 in Libya
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 Libyan security officials say an explosion at a weapon cache in a southern air base and an attack on checkpoint in an eastern city have killed 13 people.

1 killed in Egypt as police break up Cairo protest
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 Egyptian security forces used tear gas and water cannons Thursday to disperse students and supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president as they rallied outside a Cairo university, sparking clashes that killed one person.

Libyan soldiers killed in Benghazi firefights
Daily Star 28 Nov 2013 Four soldiers were killed on Thursday in and around Libya’s violence-wracked eastern city of Benghazi, the cradle of the revolution that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

YNet News

Report: Grenade thrown at Hadera house
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Police arrest prominent Egypt activist
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UN official calls on Europe, Gulf to host Syrians
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Afghan president condemns US airstrike that killed child 
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Quake near Iran nuclear plant kills 7
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Fewer threats in 2014
YNet News, 28 Nov 2013 – Analysis: Largely optimistic intelligence evaluation includes quite a few causes for concern ….

Jews celebrate Hanukkah worldwide 
YNet News, 28 Nov 2013 – From Israel through Germany to US, Jewish communities start marking Festival of lights, which traditionally begins with lighting of menorah ….

Always shy, never arrogant 
YNet News, 28 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Singer Chava Alberstein bids farewell to Arik Einstein, who refused to live as a huge star ….

Jewish-Muslim cooperation reaches Vienna
YNet News, 28 Nov 2013 – NY Rabbi Marc Schneier receives promise from head of Austria’s Islamic community to promote Holocaust education among country’s half a million Muslims ….

Palestinian Information Center

Salafists or no Salafists, the resistance will continue
PIC – In a rabid effort to justify the cold- blooded murder of three Palestinians in the southern West Bank on Tuesday, Israel has been spreading all sorts of lies about an imagined Salafist threat.. 

IOF raids West Bank cities and arrests citizens
PIC – The Israeli occupation patrols raided, at dawn Thursday, Nablus and several villages in the vicinity of the city.

Khudari to a UN official: practical steps required to end the Gaza siege
PIC – Palestinian MP Jamal al-Khudari, head of the Popular Committee against the Siege, welcomed the visit of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert H. Serry to the Gaza Strip.

Israeli army leadership makes a secret visit to military sites on Gaza border
PIC – Israeli Army leadership has made on Wednesday evening a secret visit to Israeli military sites on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip in coincidence with unprecedented military reinforcements.

Report: The Palestinian refugee women are sexually harassed in Egyptian jails
PIC – The action group for the Palestinians in Syria strongly denounced what it described as the serious violations that are committed by Egyptian jailers against many Palestinian women who fled from Syria.

IOF confiscates 1500 dunums south of Nablus
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities have declared its intention to confiscate about 1500 acres of Palestinian agricultural lands in Aqraba village southeast of Nablus on Thursday.

Deterioration of Palestinian patient prisoners’ health 
PIC – Waed Association for Captive and Ex-captives expressed deep concern over the health status of Muta’sam Radad who faces death in Israeli prisons.

Administrative detainees continue their fight against administrative detention
PIC – Administrative prisoners said they will continue their protest steps and will not be discouraged by the repressive measures of the occupation prison administration.

PA releases leader Khader Adnan after protests over his arrest
PIC – PA’s security services was forced to release the leader of the Jihad Movement Khader Adnan, hours after his arrest following his protest against the policy of the arbitrary political detention.

WAFA

Report: Index Closes Week’s Trading in Decline
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Settlers Attack Palestinian Vehicles near Bethlehem
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Official: Britain Concerned by Deteriorating Situation in Gaza
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

UNESCO Marks Solidarity Day with Films by Women
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Forces Arrest Seven Palestinians across West Bank
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Rights Group says Hebron Killings were Extrajudicial
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Israeli Navy Arrests two Young Gaza Fishermen
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Statistics Bureau: Producer Prices Down in October
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Israel Demolishes Home in West Bank
WAFA – 28 Nov 2013

Misc

Eyes water, throats burn as Iran’s capital endures siege of smog
LA Times 28 Nov 2013 – TEHRAN — The Iranian capital has long been known for its smog, but pollution in recent days has taken an eye-watering turn for the worse, hampering visibility and causing authorities to shutter schools and curtail the number of cars allowed in the city center.

Disillusionment Grows Among Syrian Opposition as Fighting Drags On
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – More and more people have turned their backs on the revolt and have become disaffected by the disarray, division and greed among rebel commanders and the growing power of Islamists. 

Syrian Forces Press Rebels With Gains
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – With fighters from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, the Syrian forces gained control of the town of Deir Attiyah, which straddles a critical highway. 

Photographs Tell a History of Palestinians Unmoored
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – An exhibition of restored photos and film footage compiled by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency documents the history of Palestinian refugees since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. 

Egyptian Police Arrest Leading Activist for Urging Protests
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – Egyptian police arrested a leading activist on Thursday for calling for protests in breach of a new law that heavily restricts demonstrations. 

U.N. Nuclear Inspectors Invited to Iranian Facility
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – The invitation to the International Atomic Energy Agency came days after Tehran struck a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Fear in Syrian Capital as Mortar Shells Rain Down
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – They fall randomly, often during rush hour, smashing into schools, businesses, churches and homes in the Syrian capital and leaving a trail of death and terror in their wake. 

The ‘Eye Sniper’ and the Girl Protesters: Egypt’s Tale of Two Trials
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – Two high-profile Egyptian trials, both arising from years of turbulent protests, have delivered sharply contrasting sentences in the space of just a few months. 

Iran Shakes Up Foundation Controlled by Ayatollah’s Business Empire
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – A multi-billion dollar organisation controlled by Iran’s supreme leader shook up the management of its charity division, appointing as its new chief a man involved in the confiscation of thousands of properties from Iranian citizens. 

Weapon Cache Blast, Attack Kill 13 in Libya
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – Libyan security officials say an explosion at a weapon cache in a southern air base and an attack on checkpoint in an eastern city have killed 13 people. 

A Sinister Night for 3 Women in Egypt Protest Wave
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – The three women are among Egypt’s most active democracy campaigners, the faces of its revolution. Through a string of rulers the past three years— autocrat Hosni Mubarak, the military, the Islamists — they have been at the forefront of protests, chronicled police abuses and struggled to limit the power of the military. 

One Killed, Nine Injured in Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – One Syrian was killed and nine others were injured during a mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. 

Killers of Israel Soldier Who Shot Arabs Sentenced
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – An Israeli court has sentenced seven Arabs citizens to prison terms of eight months to two years for their part in the lynching of a soldier who went on a deadly shooting spree in 2005. 

Insight: Iran Sanctions Deal Sparks Hunt for Vintage Plane Parts
New York Times 28 Nov 2013 – While foreign ministers raced to Geneva for a crucial phase of talks over Iran’s nuclear activities earlier this month, passengers with the country’s national airline faced a little-noticed drama on the other side of the world. 

“We’re interested in healthcare and telecom”
Globes Main News – Carlos Slim tells “Globes” that he is looking for more Israeli investments after Mobli.

Israeli start-up offers your own disposable drone
Globes Aerospace & Defense – PowerUp 3.0 makes any paper plane electric-powered and smartphone controlled.

Oil Refineries loss widens on higher revenue 
Globes Energy & Water – The company’s net loss widened to $70 million for the third quarter.

IMI privatization bloats defense budget 
Globes Macro Economics – The IMI privatization deal includes mountains of latkes and jelly donuts that will further fatten the defense budget.

While we’re on the topic . . . Settler normativity and American football 
Mondoweiss – The following post first appeared on the blog Picked Last: Fan perspectives on sports and politics . The original logo of the San Francisco 49ers In September Peter King of Sports Illustrated made the decision to stop using the Washington, D.C. NFL team’s racist name. His explanation did…

Britain’s ITV buys “Rising Star” format
Globes Main News – Keshet will produce the UK version with ITV, the first commercial network to air talent shows, such as “X Factor” and “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Palestinian debt to IEC passes NIS 1b 
Globes Energy & Water – The Palestinians could achieve energy independence within 3-4 years, but nothing has happened on the ground in 15 years.

Education Ministry to halve summer vacation 
Globes Macro Economics – The ministry will operate educational summer camps during the first month of the summer vacation.

Preaching to the choir: reflections on Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’
Mondoweiss – This review of Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath appeared in longer form at Jerome Slater’s site. He gave us permission to excerpt. –Ed. In my own work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I start from two premises. The first is that in light of Israeli intransigence, there is…

IAI Q3 profit doubles to $31m 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – IAI’s orders backlog rose by $1 billion from January to an all-time high of $10.6 billion at the end of September.

Africa-Israel swings to profit
Globes Main News – Net profit was NIS 43 million for the third quarter, compared with a net loss of NIS 181 million for the corresponding quarter of 2012.

Mekorot to rehabilitate Mexican aquifers 
Globes Energy & Water – Mekorot and Mexico’s National Water Commission have selected ten aquifers which suffer from a range of contaminations and poor water quality.

Ambassador Mohammed Assaf comes to the UN
Mondoweiss – Mohammed Assaf, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador and Winner of Arab Idol 2013 addresses the meeting. UN Photo/Ryan Brown Mohammed Assaf took time off from the s wooning hearts of his North America tour Monday to visit the United Nations where he…

Gasoline price to rise NIS 0.08 per liter Saturday night 
Globes Energy & Water – The price hike is less than earlier anticipated, following the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, which pushed down the price of oil in the past few days.

The Siege of the Tel Aviv bus station
Mondoweiss – African refugees sit outside of Tel Aviv’s central bus station. (Photo: picture-alliance/dpa) It’s high noon at Tel Aviv’s central bus station. By ten-thirty in the evening the Magav, a Special Forces unit of Israel’s border police usually on patrol for riots not public transportation passengers, was…

Tamar gas sales boost Delek Group operating profit 
Globes Energy & Water – Third quarter operating profit rose 30% to NIS 555 million, but a non-recurring tax expense reduced net profit 20% to NIS 70 million.

Discount Bank CEO: We’re ready for full strike
Globes Main News – Discount Bank’s workers committee shut the Ramat Gan Diamond Exchange branch for two days, and ordered “work to rule” at other branches.

Babylon loses another partner
Globes Main News – Ask.com decided not to renew its agreement with the online translation company.

Tnuva profit halved on flat revenue
Globes Main News – Third quarter net profit fell 49% to NIS 79 million.

Shekel marking time
Globes Main News – FXCM: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, trading volumes and volatility will be low in the next couple of days.

Israeli Weapons Merchant Pimps Defective Drone Fleet
Tikun Olam – Israel Aircraft Industries, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of advanced aviation weaponry including many of its most advanced drones, has taken some big hits lately. Their UAVs have been intentionally crashed by their pilots and fallen from the skies mysteriously in a series of accidents…

Israeli Media 30-Year ‘Reign of Error’ Predicting Iranian Nuke
Tikun Olam – Maariv March 1984 headline predicts “Khomeini’s atomic bomb in final stage of production” Israel (and western ) media have a long history of predicting an impending Iranian nuke. That history goes back at least to 1984 if not before. Thanks to Israeli blogger and reporter for Calcalist,…

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VIDEO: Egyptian, 15, arrested ‘for walking’ 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been taking to the streets again in Egypt, protesting against the heavy sentences imposed on 21 female supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Libya arms depot blast kills 30 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – At least 30 people are killed in a blast at a weapons depot in southern Libya amid claims it was being looted at the time.

Plan to destroy Syria weapons at sea 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – A plan has been drawn up to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea using a mobile plant on a US Navy auxiliary vessel, Newsnight understands.

Amish Celebrate Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) in Holy Land 
The Forward New 28 Nov 2013 – Amish preacher Roy Yoder normally marks Thanksgiving the traditional way at his Montana home. This year, he’s celebrating Hanukkah instead — in Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

UN ‘needs time’ for Iran deal 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – The head of the UN’s nuclear agency warns it will “take some time” before work can begin on verifying Iran’s fulfilment of its nuclear deal.

Arab Israeli Village Celebrates Chechnya Roots — Tolerance of Jews 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Nov 2013 – In a Holy Land rich with religious sites, the new Abu Ghosh mosque is rare – as is the hilly village from which it rises. Click here for the rest of the article…

Arab Israeli Village Celebrates Chechnya Tie 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Nov 2013 – In a Holy Land rich with religious sites, the new Abu Ghosh mosque is rare – as is the hilly village from which it rises. Click here for the rest of the article…

Maccabi Games Chief Guiora Esrubilsky Dies at 66 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Nov 2013 – Global Jewish leader Guiora Esrubilsky, who presided over last summer’s Maccabiah Games in Israel, has died. The Argentinian born Esrubilsky died Tuesday in Miami of a heart attack at the age of 66. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Scientific Research Ministers of Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia to Attend Scientific Meeting On December5 
allAfrica.com 28 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Scientific research ministers of Egypt, UAE, and Saudi Arabia will attend a meeting organized by Theodor Bilharz Research Institute on December 5.

Zambia: Simuusa Calls for Closer Ties With Israel 
allAfrica.com 28 Nov 2013 – [Times of Zambia]FOREIGN Affairs Minister Wylbur Simuusa has called for enhanced relations with Israel to help boost technology and agriculture in Zambia.

VIDEO: Egyptian, 15, arrested ‘for walking’ 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been taking to the streets again in Egypt, protesting against the heavy sentences imposed on 21 female supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Libya arms depot blast kills 30 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – At least 30 people are killed in a blast at a weapons depot in southern Libya amid claims it was being looted at the time.

Plan to destroy Syria weapons at sea 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – A plan has been drawn up to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea using a mobile plant on a US Navy auxiliary vessel, Newsnight understands.

UN ‘needs time’ for Iran deal 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – The head of the UN’s nuclear agency warns it will “take some time” before work can begin on verifying Iran’s fulfilment of its nuclear deal.

Southern Iran hit by 5.7-magnitude earthquake 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Thursday rattled the southern coastal region of Bushehr, where Iran has its sole nuclear power plant, state news agency IRNA said, without reporting casualties. Its epicenter was located near Borazjan, around 60 kilometers from the town of Bushehr. “So far no…

Fifty policemen injured in Tunisia after clashes with protesters 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – Fifty Tunisian policeman were injured in clashes with demonstrators in the marginalized town of Siliana where a general strike degenerated into violence, the interior ministry said Thursday. The violence broke out on Wednesday as the town observed a strike to mark the first anniversary of riots…

Egyptian protester killed, as police officers acquitted in torture trial 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – One protester was killed in clashes between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and security forces at Cairo University on Thursday, medical sources said. Meanwhile, a court acquitted on Thursday three police officers on charges of torturing five Islamist militants who were in their custody…

UAE ‘holding US man for spoof video’ 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – A rights group says a US man has been held in UAE for months, accused of endangering national security after posting a parody video about youth culture.

Laboratory confirms link between MERS virus and camels 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – A man leads camels through the sand dunes of the Liwa desert, 220 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, on November 23, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Karim Sahib) Scientists have found cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in camels in Qatar, health officials said on Thursday,…

Syrian army recaptures key town as ISIS militants execute six rebels 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – The Syrian army recaptured the strategic town of Deir Attiyeh Thursday, less than a week after losing it, taking the advantage in its bid to crush rebels just north of Damascus. Meanwhile, Islamist militants executed the commander of a rival rebel faction and six of his…

Born in the Land of Refuge: Syrian Children Without ID 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – A Syrian girl stands by tents during the first snowfall in a refugee camp set in the Bulgarian town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia, on November 27, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Nikolay Doychinov) A Syrian girl stands by tents during the first snowfall in a refugee…

Syria: Did Saudi Assassinate Armed Opposition Leader? 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on September 12, 2013, shows the Liwa al-Tawhid brigade high commander, Abdul Qader Al-Salih, seaking to rebel fighters at an undisclosed location in Syria. (Photo: AFP – Youtube) An image grab taken from a video uploaded…

“Moderate” Syrian Islam Attracts Ire of State and Militants 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – A rebel fighter stands behind a window as he holds a position in a building in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on November 24, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud) A rebel fighter stands behind a window as he holds a position in a…

Yemenis exchange accusations over slow pace of reconciliation talks 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – The UN envoy to Yemen has accused members of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government of obstructing reconciliation talks aimed at completing a power transfer deal, and called for international support for the current administration. A Saleh aide denied his camp was undermining the talks and…

VIDEO: Dubai to host World Expo 2020 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – Dubai celebrates with fireworks as it is chosen to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020.

Attacks across Iraq claim dozen of lives 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2013 – Attacks in Iraq on Thursday killed 15 people as a senior police officer escaped assassination, the latest in a surge of violence nationwide that authorities have failed to stem. The bloodshed, in which more than 6,000 people have been killed this year, is the worst violence…

Gharib appointed new Egypt coach 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – Former Egypt midfielder Shawki Gharib takes over from Bob Bradley as the new coach of the Pharaohs.

Syria opposition head to go to talks 
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – Syria’s main opposition leader says he will attend peace talks in Geneva in January, after the government confirms it will also go.

Dubai chosen to host World Expo 2020 
BBC 27 Nov 2013 – Dubai is chosen to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020 – beating off rival bids from Brazil, Turkey and Russia.

Khouribga, Morocco: Urban Limbo of European Dreams 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 27 Nov 2013 – Buildings in Khouribga, Morocco, a town experiencing urban development as a result of return migrants from Europe. (Photo: Nahrain Al-Mousawi) Buildings in Khouribga, Morocco, a town experiencing urban development as a result of return migrants from Europe. (Photo: Nahrain Al-Mousawi) Khouribga, a phosphate-mining town in northwestern…

Saudi King Tells Suleiman Army Must Fight Hezbollah 
Al-Akhbar Politics 27 Nov 2013 – A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi’s King Abdullah (R) meeting with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman during an official visit on November 11, 2013 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: AFP – SPA) A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (…

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s Inflated Revival 
Al-Akhbar Politics 27 Nov 2013 – A Syrian rebel aims his weapon as he takes position behind a makeshift barricade during clashes with regime forces in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo in northern Syria on March 16, 2013. (Photo: AFP – JM Lopez) A Syrian rebel aims his weapon as he takes…

Articles


Halfway through timeframe, Palestinian-Israeli talks are going nowhere 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/28/2013
The two parties haven’t met in almost a month, and Israeli politicians are now openly discussing the success of maintaining the status quo. Even the crisis with the European Union is over.
Roughly halfway through the current round of negotiations, the talks between Israeli and Palestinians negotiators have hit a new low point. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told A-Shams Radio station that the two teams haven’t met since November 5th. He added that the talks are so futile that Palestinians are better off turning to the UN right away. Erekat also recently submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, although Abbas has not yet accepted the resignation.
Both parties, it seems, are now waiting for a bridging proposal that the US team, led by special envoy Martin Indyk, is said to put on the table in January. However, there is widespread consensus in the Israeli political system that the entire process will lead to nothing. Following the deal over the Iranian nuclear program, a senior minister told Maariv’s political reporter Shalom Yerushalmi this week that the widespread assumption in Jerusalem is that no pressure will be placed on the government by Washington on the Palestinian issue.
People who recently met with Israeli ministers from Netanayhu’s own party recently saw with their own eyes little patience or sympathy for the American-led effort. Visitors who met with one of the most important ministers in the cabinet were recently told that the status quo is “perfectly fine,” and that only foreigners and leftists feel an urgency to challenge it. I’ve been arguing for several years that Netanyahu’s government(s) made a strategic choice to maintain the status quo for as long as they could; only recently have we begun hearing Israeli officials stating this openly.
In many ways, the current round of talks was constructed by the American negotiating team so that they leave little chance for success…. more.. e-mail

Interview with Saeed Amireh: ‘The occupation affects our life in so many ways, economically and socially.’ 
International Solidarity Movement 11/28/2013
Saeed Amireh is a 22-year-old resident of Ni’lin, the son of a farmer, who has been active in the popular resistance since 2003.
Can you tell us a bit of the history of Ni’lin?
In the past, Ni’lin used to be part of the area which is within the ‘48 borders now. In 1994, when the Palestinian Authority came, Ni’lin became part of Ramallah city. So now Ni’lin is located exactly at the green line of 49 and about 27 kilometres west of Ramallah. The village is part of the West Bank but not under Palestinian control. It is completely area C and therefore under Israeli control.
After 1967, when the West Bank was occupied, Ni’lin has been suffering constantly. Since that time, the Israelis began to build colonies on our land, starting with Ni’li in the north of Ni’lin in the early ’70s, you can see that they stole the name from our village. Then Hashmonain in the south, Qiryat Sefer, Mattitjahu and then Naaleh. So there are five Israeli colonies. They also built an apartheid road called 446 that separates Ni’lin into two parts. Due to these constructions, the villagers have lost a great part of their land. The majority of the people here are farmers and their main income source comes from harvesting their land.
Besides that, Ni’lin has two main olive oil factories; the export is another major income. Ni’lin is famous for its olive oil production and for their cactus industry. Just like Hebron is famous for grapes, Jerico for bananas. During this period, intensified by the construction of the wall, Ni’lin lost about 5000 hectares of land out of a total of 5800 hectares, so there is only 800 hectares left. We have been fighting against this land grabbing and confiscation. more.. e-mail

Israel-Palestine: Enough Negotiations Already! 
Adil E. Shamoo, Antiwar.com 11/28/2013
Palestinians should not lend their name to a charade of endless negotiations while historic Palestine disappears.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants negotiations with the Palestinians to continue for decades to come. But the Palestinian leadership would be foolish to go along with this charade.
When I was a child in Baghdad, we had a special Assyrian holiday for kids called Nusardil. As part of the celebrations, everyone throws water at each other, symbolizing baptism. The goal is to run away quickly enough to avoid getting wet.
The year I turned six, an adult friend asked me to bring him a glass of water. When I did, he threw the water in my face. Everyone laughed. He asked me again to bring him water, assuring me that this time he would throw it at someone else. But you guessed it – he threw the water right at me again. By the third time he asked me for a glass of water, I had learned my lesson. I threw the water in his face and ran for my life.
The Palestinian leadership has had water thrown in its face by the Israelis dozens of times in the past 40 years. In every round of negotiations, the United States assures the Palestinians that this time it will be different, but inevitably they walk away soaking wet. Yet the Palestinian leadership keeps going back for more.
It’s time for a change. It’s time to let negotiations go, and find other means of achieving Palestinian rights and statehood.
The Current Situation
The situation for Palestinians has reached dire straits.
Palestinians suffer from lack of sovereignty, lack of resources, and abject poverty…. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu against the whole world 
Michel (Mikado) Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 11/28/2013
Western governments are fed up with the Israeli angry reactions to the agreement between them and the Iranian government. “It is done, and there is no way back”: this is the message they are conveying to the Israeli government, adding that the best for Israel would have been to participate in the international efforts for a final agreement on the nuclear capacities of Iran. According to Haaretz (November 26), Benjamin Netanyahu tried for thirty minutes to convince Barack Obama that he has been fooled by the Iranians. The Iranians’ sole objective, according to Netanyahu, was to gain time in order to develop their military nuclear capacities, in order to be able to destroy not only Israel but the Western civilization as a whole.
What is behind Israel’s anti-Iranian obsession? What makes Netanyahu declare that the US intelligence agencies are not doing their job properly, and that the Israeli Mossad has better information concerning the real Iranian plans? What pushes him to create tensions with the only true strategic ally Israel still has?
The beginning of rapprochement between the West and Iran is not worrying only the Jewish state. Saudi Arabia, too, is extremely worried and, as a result, is strengthening its ties with Tel Aviv. The motivations, however, of Riad and Tel Aviv are not the same. While the Saudis are complaining about the fact that they may lose their place as America’s number one ally in the Golf region and are concerned by the strengthening of the so-call Shia axis at the expense of the Sunni one, Israeli leaders are worried by the eventual disappearance of a global enemy in the region.
Israeli militarism has always justified its wars and heavy armaments by the existence of a global enemy of Western civilization/the free world/democratic countries, and its role as an active defender of the West against whoever was threatening it, whether it is communism, Arab nationalism or Islam….. more.. e-mail

Obama’s Middle East Gamble
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2013 – By Deepak Tripathi President Obama is on a diplomatic offensive on several fronts in the Middle East. The six-month interim agreement between the major world powers, five permanent members of the UN Security Council and the European Union, and Iran to restrain its nuclear program is being described as the most important development in their relations since the Iranian Revolution. The agreement has set off a rapprochement between Tehran and Washington, raising hopes that much more is to follow. The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has suggested that the European Union may lift some sanctions on Iran as early as December. A new round of peace talks on Syria has been announced for next January. President Bashar al-Assad says his government will attend, but the participation of several opposition groups is in doubt. In Afghanistan, a tribal grand assembly has recommended that President Karzai sign a security pact with the…more

On Israel’s Collective Amnesia: ‘Could We Kill an Arab?’
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2013 – By Belen Fernandez A few years ago, the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs unveiled an English-language website with the aim of repairing Israel’s image, which was said to be under unfair attack abroad. A Jerusalem Post article marking the debut of the (now defunct) site noted that it “provide[d] hasbara material related to current events, tips for the ‘novice ambassador’, myths and facts about Israel and the Arab world, and lists of Israel’s most prominent achievements in science, medicine and agriculture”. Among alleged image-improving factoids listed by the ministry was that “[a]n Israeli invention for an electric hair removal device makes women happy all over the world.” The catalogue of “myths” included that the West Bank settlements are an obstacle to peace – a notion debunked on the website as follows: “The Palestinian Authority sees the roots of the conflict as being the ’1948 settlements’, whereas the…more

Zionism’s Last Card and Hope for Palestine
Dissident Voice: 28 Nov 2013 – Following the interim agreement with Iran the next six months will tell us whether or not the American-led Zionist lobby and Zionism itself has played its last card and lost. If it does lose President Obama will be free to use the leverage he has to try to cause Israel to be serious about peace on terms almost all Palestinians and most other Arabs and Muslims everywhere could accept (and which would not pose any threat to the wellbeing and security of those Jews now living in Palestine that became Israel and who wanted to stay). The stakes could not be higher. As I write I am recalling what former President Carter said to my wife and I when we met with him and Rosalyn, words I quote in my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews and which bear repeating. “ Any American president has only two windows…more


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